Seneca Poker’s fourteen event Fall Poker Classic took place in beautiful Niagara Falls, New York from November 18th to November 25th.
The series culminated with the $1,500 Main Event that began on Saturday November 23rd and drew 149 entries. After almost twenty five hours of play, including four hours of back and forth heads up action, Andrew Spears of Buffalo, NY outlasted Brian McCormick and took home $52,410 in first place prize money.
McCormick took home $32,610 for his efforts after getting into the Main Event by winning a drawing for a free seat in a Step 1 satellite. He won that satellite and then won a Step 2 satellite to earn his $1,500 buy in.
Alex Barker ($19,799)and Johannes Mueller ($14,558) rounded out the top four finishers.
Thanks to the loyalty of its players, Seneca’s Fall Poker Classic was a tremendous success. Check senecapoker.com for upcoming events.
Bracelet winner earns follow-up gold trophy and pockets $122K in Quebec
The final day of the Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event started with Charles Sylvestre on top and ended with Charles Sylvestre on top. The Quebecois WSOP bracelet winner ruled the tournament and never slowed down as he battled his way through the final 18. Sylvestre earned the $122,435 first place prize, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and on top of that, a berth into the WSOP National Championship.
“After my unexpected WSOP bracelet this summer, to come back here to Lac- Leamy, my hometown, and ship the ring… I can’t ask for better. It’s an amazing feeling,” Sylvestre said.
The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit at Casino Lac- Leamy marked the first time for a WSOP event to take place in the Canadian province of Quebec. The series was a success, not only drawing 371 players for the $1,675 finale, but drawing rave reviews from players.
“[The tournament] was very nice and well organized,” Sylvestre said. “For the first event in the province of Quebec it was amazing. Overall it was a success and very well organized.” The final day of the Main Event started with 18 hopefuls and Sylvestre with a two-to-one chip lead over his nearest challenger, Canadian pro Mike Leah.
In the second level of play on Day 3 we witnessed an epic clash between Daniel Charette, who held the chip lead for quite a while on Day 2, and Leah. Leah crippled Charette who bluffed all-in on the turn against Leah’s set. Charette was knocked out not too long after this while Leah was now very close to Sylvestre.
Relative newcomer to the tournament scene scores big with a gold ring win and a six-figure score
After a six-day marathon of poker in the River Rock Theater at River Rock Casino and Resort, Lincoln Milne emerged as the champion of the $1,675 Main Event. This victory earned Milne $253,015 in firstplace prize money as well as his first gold Circuit ring. Milne will also be guaranteed a seat in the National Championship, which will be held this May in Atlantic City.
“I’m still kind of taking it in to be honest,” said a visibly moved and stunned Milne late on Thursday night. “This is my biggest cash by far. This is my first year playing big tournaments. I’ve played for a long time but this was my first real breakthrough.”
30-year-old pro adds $142K to over $1.16 in career winnings
Las Vegas-based poker pro Ari Engel has made a name for himself in poker with 91 career cashes totaling over $1.16 million since 2006. His enviable live tournament resume includes 39 Final Tables and a dozen wins. He’s got more World Series of Poker Circuit rings than he could wear on one hand. The 30-year-old has traveled the world collecting paychecks in London, Prague, and Manila, but it was a stop in America’s Heartland that earned him his biggest payday to date. Engel took down a record field at River City Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for $142,125 on the nationallytelevised Heartland Poker Tour.
Engel’s pocket sevens ended his heads-up match with Paul Fehlig of St Louis in eight hands. The runner-up earned $87,696 for his national TV debut.
After three days of intense competition at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Dan Harmetz is the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event winner.
Harmetz earns his first Circuit ring, along with $128,699 and a free entry in the National Championship, to be held at Caesars Atlantic City in the spring. Along the way, Harmetz knocked out all of his finaltable competitors on the last day of the tournament.
Ryan Rinker finishes in 2nd place, earning $79,531. He also earns Casino Champion honors with 77.5 points and a free entry into the National Championship.
Adam Friedman of Gahanna, Ohio returned to Belterra Casino Resort over the weekend to improve on his fourteenth-place Heartland Poker Tour finish in March. A successful pro player, Friedman has accumulated over $1.3 million in winnings and four World Series of Poker Final Tables. A WSOP bracelet winner, Friedman was one of many accomplished players at Monday’s HPT Final Table at Belterra. He was the only one with well over a million in chips. If I take my time and pick my spots, I have a chance at winning this event,” he said before action began.
Little time was needed as Friedman took down the nine-handed Final Table in record time. The heads-up match was a quick affair as Friedman held 85% of the chips in play. The battle was over in four hands when Friedman moved allin and was called by Jason Andrews of Pittsburgh, who in turn was all-in. Andrews cards were good for a straight but it was Friedman’s flush that won the hand and the championship worth $83,439. The runner-up collected $51,453.
Zeke Ramirez Wins Event 3 of Liz Flynt Classic
Zeke Ramirez bested Leroy Lee to take Event 3, the Main Event, of the 2013 Liz Flynt Tournament at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California last weekend. While other Los Angeles card rooms are not meeting prior year’s entry numbers, Hustler keeps on breaking records. In this case some 2,798 players entered the main event. The limits on day 1 finished $8000-$16000 or higher. What made this tournament unique was on Championship Day 2 the blinds would not start higher than $3000-$6000. Players on Day 2 with a relatively small stack of $50,000 - $70,000 had a much better chance to cash higher, according to Craig Kaufman, Hustler Tournament Director.
By Shari Geller
On November 4, the November Nine sat down at the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. After sevenand- a-half hours of play, just two remained to return on November 5 for the ninth and final day of play, 23-year-old Michigan State grad Ryan Riess and chip leader 29-year-old Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. It took 90 hands of heads-up play for Riess to overcome the chip disadvantage to take down the title, the bracelet and the $8,359,531top prize to become the 2013 WSOP Main Event champ.
The Waterford, Michigan native and former poker dealer was the youngest player at the final table that was led by twotime bracelet winner JC Tran and included a talented field that boasted another WSOP bracelet winner, Amir Lehavot, former online phenom David Benefield, talented pros Marc- Etienne McLaughlin, who finished 30th in the 2009 Main Event, and Mark Newhouse, who has seven WSOP cashes and one WPT title to his name.
Lehavot took down the first hand to get the action started and it was an active final table right off the start with threeand four-betting pre-flop as well as the short stacks putting their tournament lives on the line, with first Newhouse and then Benefield going all in with the worst of it and sucking out. Just before the first break, Newhouse was all in again with pocket nines against Riess’s As-Kh but lost the race and became the first player eliminated. He was followed shortly by Benefield who ran a suited king into the Ace-King of Farber and missed his flush outs when the river blanked.
When Heartland Poker Tour turned on the lights and the cameras at their nationallytelevised Final Table from the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, Cong Pham had a commanding chip lead. Six hours later, stacks were even as the 29-year-old poker pro from Naples, Florida stared down his final opponent, James Calderaro. Both players were confident and the risks were calculated. It took 46 hands of heads-up play before an all-in and a call took place. “I hope viewers enjoy this. It’s a good heads-up match,” said world champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer who commentated the Final Table live for HPTpoker.com, “Neither player did anything silly.” Ultimately, Pham got every last chip for the title and $104,033.
It took pocket pairs for both players to get all the chips in the middle. Calderaro was all-in and at risk with eights while Pham held aces. The board ran out safely for the pocket aces bringing an end to the tournament. Calderaro of Manasota Beach, Florida adds $64,158 to over $1.8 million in career earnings. “Just add it to the pile,” he said.